Transatlantic Partnerships

We are very pleased to announce a new partnership with Music Prince Edward Island and the English Folk Dance and Song Society. We believe the best way to help musicians from small nations and regions to reach new opportunities and markets is to help each other. This marks our first, formal step in that direction.

This year we are sending Kizzy Crawford, one of our finest singer-songwriters to Prince Edward Island to work with Tim Chaisson. Kizzy is a recipient of the Horizons Award and recently featured in Ffwrnes Gerdd; a trac, Arts council of Wales and S4C collaboration. Tim is a fantastic singer-songwriter who regularly features on Americana TV shows and has recently toured Australia.

They'll write together and are currently touring Atlantic Canada before showcasing at Music PEI's Showcase PEI and conference on 2-4 October at Charlottetown.

This November we'll be organising a short tour of Wales and the UK culminating in a showcase alongside England's Dan Walsh and PEI's Meaghan Blanchard at the Association of Festival Organisers' conference, Nottingham.

Our Partners

        

BEAM 2014 Adborth : Feedback

 

Dyma ddau o FEAMwyr wedi sylwi ar eu profiad hwy o'r Arbrawf Mawr 2014.

Here are two of our BEAMers responding to their time at the Big Experiment 2014

Annwyl Blanche, Danny, Angharad

Diolch yn fawr ichi gyd am drefnu penwythnos morwych. Wnaethom i gyd ei fwynhau fel unigolion ac fel teulu. Anghofiais rhoi'r canlynol ar fy ffurflen adborth ac mae Rhian yn teimlo'r un fath.  

Roeddwn yn arbennig o falch o'r ffordd roedd pawb oedd yn gallu siarad Cymraeg yn dewis gwneud union hynny. Roedd y cynsail roeddech chi fel arweinwyr yn ei osod yn "caniatau " i bawb arall dilyn yn yr un modd.  Roedd 'na deimlad o ryddid i siarad Cymraeg heb orfod brwydro am yr hawl i wneud, heb feirniadaeth, na'r teimlad eich bod yn "awkward" wrth dewis gwneud.  Roedd o mor braf cael defnyddio'n hiaith yn naturiol. Yn hynny o beth roedd Yr Arbrawf Mawr yn fodel o sut ddylai digwyddiadau cyhoeddus fod yng Nghymru ac mae 'na le i lawer o fudiadau ddysgu oddi wrthych. 
 
Gwych iawn
Diolch eto

 

To Blanche, Danny and everyone else

Diolch yn fawr indeed for an absolutely wonderful weekend.

There is nothing quite like the atmosphere at these events; can't put my finger on it but the whole place just buzzes. 

I can imagine all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes before we punters just arrive to lap it all up.  Thanks to everyone.

There is something special about the Conwy Centre; combination of a lovely setting and homeliness which really appeals to me, to say nothing of easier access from my home.  Great to hear Welsh spoken all around; so it should be!

Looking forward to next year already.

Best wishes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beamwyr yn dysgu'r Cadi Ha : BEAMers learning the Cadi Ha

Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales International Seminars

Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales International Seminars

On Friday 12th September, Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales and Welsh Government will be hosting a number of seminars to help you get the low down on doing business and showcasing internationally, including SXSW, Midem and a more in-depth preparation meeting for WOMEX 14.

You can register for both events or individually HERE. Some elements will be filmed and will be shared later for those who are unable to travel.

A WORD ABOUT WOMEX
To build on the outstanding success of WOMEX 13 Cardiff, Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales and Welsh Government are supporting a delegation of Welsh artists and businesses respectively to attend WOMEX 14,  to make sure we maximise on the opportunities developed in Cardiff last year to grow Wales’ music sector internationally.

To prepare for WOMEX 14 we are hosting a targeted event to help you make the most of this international world music market and the contacts we’ve made. As well as one to one meetings, we will be leading a group discussion in which Wales’ WOMEXicans can share their experience to date. Come to exploit the connections and intelligence made over the past few years for your own benefit. Others who cannot make it to WOMEX are also welcomed.

Read more: Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales International Seminars

New! Community Folk Music Tutor Training

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Traditional musician? Looking for new and exciting opportunities around teaching others? 

  
Whether a performer interested in learning new skills as a tutor, or a practising tutor who would like to brush up on their knowledge and share best practice with others, this brand new training programme from trac will have something to offer most traditional musicians. 
 
Working alongside Commmunity Music Wales, our bespoke course focuses on theory and practice in community music through practical lessons, with information specific to delivering folk music workshops in Wales. The training will also cover:
Learning styles
Group work
Assertiveness
Creating workshop material
Facilitating client learning
Rhythm and percussion work
Empowerment and best practice. 
 

As a traditional music tutor there are many opportunities for work in Wales and internationally. Whether it be delivering a workshop at a festival, running school workshops, tune clubs or teaching on residential courses, the chance to add extra value to your portfolio is now.  

Participants will have the opportunity to receive an Agored Cymru Level 2 accreditation upon completion. 
 
Each course takes place across seven full days of training on selected weekdays over a five week period. 

Swansea - National Waterfront Museum   https://www.museumwales.ac.uk/swansea/
Dates: 10, 11, 18, 19, 24, 25 November & 2nd December
10:00 - 16:00

Bangor - Venue TBC
Dates: 9, 10, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 February
(Subject to change)
10:00 - 16:00
 

Cost: Just £120.00 per participant (subsidised rate). Places are highly limited and subject to approval.  Register your interest now: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
 
Swansea 
Course Content - Training Sessions
(Subject to change)
 
 
Monday 10th November 2014
Session 1
Introduction to the course and to the participants
Introduction to community music: Different models, methods and benefits
How do people learn – introduction to learning styles and preferences
Experiencing a workshop – empathising with participants, how does it feel to overcome a challenge, trying something new.
Giving and receiving feedback
 
Session 2
Practical experience:
Participants will design, plan and lead a short, one-to-one teaching session.
Matching teaching to the skills and needs of each learner
Review: the teaching sessions will be reviewed through feedback and group discussion, providing learning for group teaching later in the course.
 
 
 
Tuesday 11th November
Sessions 3 and 4
Practical workshops:
An introduction to a range of approaches to community music in current use.
A chance to participate in games and exercises suitable for different groups and settings.
A chance to devise original workshop activities and material.
Develop an understanding of the importance of adapting material to suit particular groups
Signposting to web and other resources and opportunities for further learning
 
 
 
Tuesday 18th November
Sessions 5 and 6
Mari Lwyd Training
 
 
Wednesday 19th November
Sessions 7 and 8
Rhythm and percussion work.
Building your own skills, understanding the basic techniques on different instruments, warm ups, practical ideas and approaches, working with those who have difficulty playing in time.
 
 
Monday 24th November
Session 9
How groups work:
The role of a group leader
Experience a workshop
Recognise how participants feel
Coping with new challenges
 
Session 10
Applying the principles of community music in practice
Empowerment
Working bi-lingually
Including everyone
Creating the right atmosphere
How to vary activities to keep everyone engaged.
How to manage space and equipment
 
 

Tuesday 25th November

Sessions 11 and 12
Workshop practice:
A chance to lead a short group workshop for others on the course followed by a structured feedback session
Reflection on learning
 
 

Tuesday 2nd December

Session 13
Dealing with difficult situations in workshops
Assertiveness skills
Planning to avoid problems
 
Session 14
Preparing for assessment
Action planning: How to use the skills and knowledge from this course in your work.
 
 
 
Tutors
Sarah Harman - Main tutor
Sarah is a founder member of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network www.naturalvoice.net, and leads workshops in South East and Mid Wales, including regular groups for Disability Arts Cymru, Gwent Arts in Health and Alzheimers’ Society. She has worked in UK, Australia and Spain teaching world, folk & traditional music. Sarah composes and performs regularly with quartet The Quiet Ranters, with Folk & Blues duet The Blameless Hussies and with The Unicorn Singers. Sarah regularly runs sessions on community music tutor training for Community Music Wales.
Peter Stacey
A native of Swansea, Peter won first class honours in music at Liverpool University and went on to complete a Ph D thesis at the University of East Anglia. Following his studies Peter returned to Wales where he worked extensively in community music, music theatre, and music therapy. He performed for many years with Welsh folk groups, Cromlech and Aberjaber. Peter is an active composer who has been commissioned by BBC Radio 3, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Artreach, the Sirenian Singers, India Dance Wales, Carmarthenshire Music Service, amongst others.
Also with:
Laura Bradshaw
Neil White
 
 
Mari Lwyd Session headed by David Pitt, with Angharad Jenkins (trac/Calan)
David Pitt is an artist, maker and musician. He works as a storyteller and facilitator of creative activity workshops for children and adults that can include mask and puppet making, ephemeral sculpture, music and words. He has taken his workshops into schools, libraries, museums, community groups and training and has 18 years of experience in the field.
A musician and bass player himself, he has toured internationally with poets and musicians and also worked as an Events Coordinator and Art Consultant for children’s projects. He has been part of the National Trust “Arts In Trust” environmental art and education projects and he also holds a CIEH Professional Trainers Certificate from Swansea Business College.
 
 

 

Community Music Wales has a good success rate in training, with over 500 people going through their courses. trac has adapted CMW's established format, with the aim of producing the next generation of community folk music tutors able to deliver high quality teaching.

 

 Singer and harpist Bethan Nia, a participant on a previous Community Music Tutor Training Course said: “I would highly recommend this course to anyone thinking of working within the field of Community Music.  It certainly gave me the tools, structure and confidence to expand my work opportunities and set up my own projects.”

 

 
 
 

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Welcome to the House of Folk! Ty Gwerin at the Eisteddfod

Ty Gwerin at this year's Eisteddfod is in a giant yurt, and you'll find it on the Maes (the Eisteddfod field) by following the signs!

There's an amazing programme of activities: live music, workshops, children's activities, talks, sessions, a shop and cafe, and more! The week's programme's here and for more detail on each day, go to the drop-down menus: Our work > Eisteddfod 2014 > each day's programme

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